Structured schedules are great for holding us accountable and help us complete our daily chores. For instance, perhaps, you do laundry on Sundays or wash your dishes at the end of the day. These daily or weekly habits allow us to live in a clean and well-kept house. However, some things need to be done less frequently than others. Some deep-cleaning projects can be done just once a year. These are easy to forget about because we do not do them week by week. Yet, with spring around the corner, this is an excellent time to knock out some annual spring cleaning. Let’s get started!
Flip Your Mattress
Many mattress manufacturers suggest that you flip your mattress once a year. Since we spend an average of 8 hours each night lying in bed out of 24 hours in a day, this means we lay in our beds 1/3 of our lives. The mattress, therefore, begins to form to our body and sink where we consistently lay. To prevent this, it is good to flip your mattress. This task will help prevent your body from creating a form in the mattress over time.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are your home’s main defense against water damage on the outside. Our roofs and gutter systems help navigate water to a drain where it will prevent flooding and water damage. However, outdoor conditions can lead to gutters get cluttered, and your gutters will begin to collect debris and leaves over time. To keep your gutters functioning at their best, remember to clean them out this spring.
Steam Clean Carpet
Vacuuming your carpet once a week or as necessary is a great way to help suck up debris and dirt. This dirt can build up and break down your carpet fibers over time. It is recommended by many carpet manufacturers to steam clean your carpet once every year. This process can help remove any deep stains or dirt mucked into your carpet fibers. Plus, it will give your flooring a much longer life!
Clean Your Pantry
Our pantries store many snacks and food supplies. Over time, we can forget about certain foods. By cleaning your pantry once a year, you can help prevent the build-up of expired foods. Just make sure to check the dates on all your canned and bagged food. Throw away anything expired. This habit can also make you more familiar with the dates that are upcoming. Perhaps, you have a pasta sauce expiring in the next two months. If so, it is a great opportunity to make pasta this evening.
Wipe Down Your Windows
This task is the exact same as cleaning your inside windows. However, this task gets put on the back burner too often because outdoor windows are harder to reach and take more effort. This spring is the perfect time to deep clean your outdoor windows. After your outdoor windows are done, wipe down your inside windows. During this process is the ideal time to wash your drapes or curtains as well!
Clean Out Your Fireplace
With winter just ending, our fireplaces can become quite dirty. Accumulating ashes and wood, these can be ignored for some time. This spring, get out your shop vac and clean out for fireplace. You will love the fact that you did! You can also use your fireplace during the spring by setting up some decorative candles inside. This look will give the same aesthetic of fire with a fraction of the warmth!
Annual cleaning can be easy to forget, if not reminded. Use this checklist to help hold yourself accountable. Remember that these projects can take a little bit of time, so set aside a weekend.
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